Indian media urge caution after Wagah border blast

Security has been tightened at the Wagah border after Sunday's blast Security has been tightened at the Wagah border after Sunday's blast

Media in India are assessing the implications of a suicide attack on the Pakistani side of the Wagah border.

A bomb exploded on Sunday near the checkpoint on the Pakistani side, killing more than 60 people and injuring many more.

The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) said they were behind the 2 November bombing. Two other militant groups - Jundullah and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the TTP - also said they carried it out.

Most papers feel India needs to be cautious despite the attack taking place on the Pakistani side of the border.

"It is not inconceivable that the bomber wanted to inflict damage on the Indian side too and potentially set off a fresh India-Pakistan crisis," the Hindustan Times says.

The paper adds that militants "are capable of creating conflict" between the two countries through such attacks.

The Times of India echoes that terrorism is a bigger problem than the tension between Indian and Pakistani forces in border areas.

The attack is "yet another wake-up call that the real danger is not across borders but the cancer of terror growing within," the paper says.

The paper calls for a "new understanding across borders and a new approach" to tackle terrorism in the region.

The Indian Express, meanwhile, cautions the Indian government about Pakistan's status as a "failing state" which is unable to rein militants.

"For decades now, Indian policy has been predicated on the assumption that the power of jihadists in Pakistan was a function of state patronage… It is increasingly evident, though, that large parts of the jihadist movement have now irrevocably broken with the state," the paper says.

"Indian policy, thus, must now be tempered by the stark reality of how little that besieged and flailing state can in fact deliver," the paper adds.

The paper urges Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "to pause, reflect and then step forward carefully" in dealing with Pakistan.

Tendulkar's autobiography

In domestic news, the Indian Army has ordered an inquiry into deaths of two civilians after soldiers fired at a moving car in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, reports say.

"Army regrets the loss of lives and has ordered an inquiry into the circumstance leading to the incident. Anyone found guilty will be severely dealt with," the Zee News website quotes a statement issued by the army.

And finally, Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has criticised former Australian cricketer Greg Chappell in his autobiography, calling him a "ringmaster", reports say.

Tendulkar alleges that Chappell wanted to remove Rahul Dravid from the captain's position when he was the Indian team's coach in 2005-07, the NDTV website reports.

Chappell visited Tendulkar's house and offered to help the top Indian batsman "in taking over the reins of the side" from Dravid, the paper reports citing an excerpt from the book.

Chappell's stint as the Indian coach was filled with controversies including his public fallout with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

Tendulkar's autobiography will be officially released on 6 November.

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